Friday, December 21, 2012

21 December 2012 - The dreaded Mayan calendar day



An ancient Maya text has emerged from the jungles of Guatemala confirming the so-called end date of the Maya calendar, Dec. 21, 2012.  This is one of the discovered calendar stones.


The calendar stone was carved during the rule of the Calakmul's ruler who is depicted here during a 696 visit to La Corona.


Another point of view - Illuminated Manuscript, Book of Hours, Last Judgement, Walters Manuscript W.168, fol. 148v

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Rococo Pastel Portraits by French artist Maurice Quentin de La Tour 1704-1788


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Fel


I penetrated into the depths of my Their subjects without knowing it, and capture them whole. - Maurice-Quentin de La Tour

Delatour initially apprenticed as a painter; but he was seduced by immediacy & amp; rapid execution of pastel. In Paris, he learned about new medium "pastel" made popular by a young Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera. Delatour ADOPTED pastel as the only medium of His portraits. Finished pastels Emerged as a format for elite portraiture in France in the late 1600s. By the1700s, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour was among the most Celebrated pastel portraitists. His success led to commissions from the royal family, the French court, the bourgeoisie, plus artistic & amp; intellectual circles.


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mademoiselle Ferrand


 Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mary Magdalene Mazade wife of Gaspard Antoine Grima of Reyniere


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Madame Rouille de l Estangleterre


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Madame de Mondonville


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mademoiselle Salle


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Josephe of Saxony


 Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Anne Charlotte de Batilly Marquise de Courcy


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Josephe of Saxony


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Jeanne Elisabeth de geer Baroness Tuyll


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Woman with Mask


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Madame de la Poupliniere


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) A Woman


Simple pastel portrait studies by French artist Maurice Quentin de La Tour


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Fel

I penetrated into the depths of my Their subjects without knowing it, and capture them whole. - Maurice-Quentin de La Tour

Delatour initially apprenticed as a painter; but he was seduced by immediacy & amp; rapid execution of pastel. In Paris, he learned about the new medium "pastel" made popular by a young Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera. Delatour ADOPTED pastel as the only medium of His portraits. Finished pastels Emerged as a format for elite portraiture in France in the late 1600s. By the1700s, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour was among the most Celebrated pastel portraitists. His success led to commissions from the royal family, the French court, the bourgeoisie, plus artistic & amp; intellectual circles.

Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Unknown Woman


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mademoiselle Dangeville


 Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Josephe of Saxony


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Madame de Pompadour


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mademoiselle Pavigne


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Unknown Woman


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Isabelle de Charriere 1766


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Princess Christina of Saxony